County talks property, coroner’s office

By Chris Cooper -

A parcel of property the county may or may not own was discussed last week by the members of fiscal court. The property in question was deeded to the citizens of Russellville and Logan County by the Morton family in 1882, and holds a spring that was once know as Beech Springs. The water hole is closed up and nothing has been done to the property in decades, however, First District Magistrate Dickie Carter wants local surveyor Jeff Harris to look at it.

“I haven’t looked at the deed yet, but I’m not sure if it is the county who actually owns it or the citizens,” said county attorney Joe Ross, who said he would take a look at the very old deed and try to decipher it.

The property is located behind Hampton Park. At one time it may have provided a water source. It was described in the past as a blue hole.

Carter made a motion at the Tuesday, Jan. 26th court meeting to allow Harris to look at the property. His motion died for lack of a second.

“What are we gonna do with it?” asked magistrate Thomas Bouldin. “I don’t know anybody that is coming and drawing water from it anymore,” chuckled the Sixth District Magistrate who got a little more serious when he said he thought the county needed to leave it alone. “Let’s say it is ours. Now what? I don’t want to be responsible for it. What if someone drowns in it? It’s right by a park where kids play. We need to leave it alone.”

Some of the other magistrates were concerned about what to do with it as well.

“I’m old school,” said Carter. “If someone wants to give me something, no matter how long it’s been, I think it ought to be honored. I’m just asking for a surveyor to come check it out and get it straightened out on the books.”

East Logan Water District had shown interest in purchasing the property at one time. The district has offices near the spring. Selling the property is something Ross is unsure of even if the county wanted to.

Discussion of the property took a turn when Carter mentioned utilizing one of the buildings the East Logan Water District owns in the area. Carter thought the building could serve as a permanent home for the Logan County Coroner’s office, that is currently located in the basement of Youngs Funeral Home in Russellville. Magistrate Jack Crossley had previously thought about utilizing the building for the coroner’s office that has walk in freezers, a concrete floor and floor drains.

County Coroner Mary Givens said she thought the building in question had possibility and reminded the court she wanted to have a permanent office as soon as possible.

Judge Executive Chick suggested the magistrates go down and look at the building.

By Chris Cooper

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